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Matt Grangers’ Photokina Floor Review Of Canon’s New 7D Mark II

By Anthony Thurston on September 18th 2014

The Canon 7D Mark II may not feature an revolutionary new sensor, or a big upgrade in video features as many hoped for, but there is no denying that it is clearly a solid upgrade of the current 7D model. But how does the new body actually feel and handle?

Matt Granger is lucky enough to be at Photokina and had the opportunity to give us a first hand review/overview of the 7D Mark II from the floor at the huge Photokina epxo. If you are interested in the 7D Mark II, this is probably the best “non-Canon” video I have seen on the new APS-C flagship body.

As primarily a sports and action photographer, this new 7D Mark II has me all kinds of excited. I am most curious to compare it directly with the original 7D to see how much of an improvement in the High ISO – probably my biggest/only complaint with the current model – and image quality there is.

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[REWIND: 6 Photokina Announcements Action/Sports/Wildlife Photographers should Note]

I can also see the complaints regarding the lack of much improvements to the video capabilities, and the apparent lack of much -if any- sensor innovation. So I will be very interested to see how it holds up when I get my copy for review.

Those interested can pre-order the 7D Mark II now over on B&H.

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What are your thoughts on the 7D Mark II? Are you excited by the camera, or one of the many disappointed with it? Leave a comment below!

[via Matt Granger on YouTube]

Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Jeff Morrison

    thanks for sharing

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  2. Barry Cunningham

    10 fps is nice, but I was hoping for 12 fps per the rumor mill. 8^)
    Still, with all the other upgrades and new features, I can tell I am going to have to upgrade my 7D sometime soon. But, alas, since I just retired and upgraded to some expesive new lenses in my eyes with cataract surgery, “soon” probably means next year. :-{

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    • Scottie Nguyen

      Oh comon man, 10 fps is more than what most people need…if you really want fps, look at the Samsung :-)

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    • Barry Cunningham

      I shoot occasionally shoot air shows and sports.
      Would really like as many fps as I can get for shooting F-18s at 700mph at a few hundred yards. 8^)

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  3. Geoffrey Van Meirvenne

    I am wondering how the 7D Mark II compares vs the 6D (full frame) on IQ and noise performance. The 7D looks fantastic for action shooters but which one would be the best for wedding purposes for example where IQ and noise performance is more important than FPS.

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    • Dave Lyons

      just compare a 6d to a 70d.. i did see last night that it is using a “modified” version of the 70d sensor..

      Both of them the IQ will suck, they’re 10-30% behind everyone else, the 6d actually has decent IQ compared to the rest, it actually has more DR and slightly better IQ than the 5d m3

      The lower IQ isnt much of an issue now but where I see it as a problem is if in a few years you go back to re-edit pix from today you’re going to wish you had better IQ. I do that now and wish my older nikon and sony’s had better iq then and my canon isn’t even worth the effort

      I wouldnt willing take either but if I had to I’d probably take the 6d. The sample images on dp preview from 7d m2 are friggin horrible and for same price… id go full frame

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    • Matthew Saville

      Geoffrey, the comparisons have begun!!!

      http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=249477

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  4. Andrew Van Arb

    Pretty awesome, I’d like to see DigitalRev’s review when it comes out too.

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  5. Herm Tjioe

    Another obscure but great feature that was mentioned . . . .the legacy battery of the 7D can STILL be used. That is a much appreciated touch for an upgrade path

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  6. mugur ic

    Wow. 10 FPS. Nice that

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  7. Gene Gregory

    NX1 isn’t in there yet, apologies but NX1 has a ground breaking specs on the paper and hardware, the question is with all those technical stuff aside a pro will ask 3 things when on an assignment. 1. Will this get me over my assignment? this entails with battery if it is capable of shooting 4000+ images. 2. Is it compatible with the lenses that i currently have? it’s a fact that canon has an effective and has a wide choices of battled geared lenses that are work horse and can take a beating on assignments. 3. will this benefit me for the long run?

    don’t get me wrong but NX1 has nice specifications and a nice addition to the choices of enthusiast. But 7D mark II is targeted to certain individuals. But for Pros 7D is a second body go to, not only pros but enthusiast as well. I only hope NX1 is not like Samsung’s galaxy series they perform remarkably in the first year after that all sorts of problem occurred, but hands down to Samsung to enter an uncharted territory. Just waiting for Nikon to Announce their PRO DX this coming months, remember guys back when 7D was announced Nikon announced its rival few months later. that should be interesting. Cheers guys!

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  8. Dave Lyons

    “wipes the floor with nikons d7100…”
    Well in speed yes… but personally i’ll take the d7100’s significantly better IQ & DR over frames a second. I do wish it had the bigger buffer but that’s it.

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  9. Arnold Ziffel

    I’ve pre-ordered my copy already. I’m hoping for big things from it as my Pentax K-3 simply thrashes my current 7D.

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  10. Ryan Orcullo

    This camera is awesome! 10 Frames per second for an APS-C camera? Image buffer is very good! High ISO performance with less image noise! :)

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    • Scottie Nguyen

      Yeah but the NX1 is 15 frames per second and shoots 4k video, wifi, nfc, bluetooth, super amoled touch screen display that can tilt up and down…. and btw, it’s 28 megapixels BSI sensor…..whatever BSI means :) I mean I know it’s back side whatever but what does that translate and really means remains to be seen…. I’m suprised the camera can’t make a phone call :-)

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    • Matthew Saville

      Scottie, what you’re not realizing is that, for now at least, when you list all those Samsung specs all I hear is a blah of stuff that means nothing to me. Maybe it’s superior, but the masses still have a while left to figure it out. That’s my point. It means nothing if the camera doesn’t handle well, and offer functionality, customizability, etc.

      All things considered, the masses will probably buy this 7Dmk2 in far greater volume than the Samsung, regardless of which is superior. And that is why Canon made it.

      If someone is about to start eating healthy but they still have an appetite for french fries, well, mcdonalds would be dumb to not keep offering fries for one more day… ;-)

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    • Ryan Orcullo

      Great thoughts Matthew Saville :) Sorry Scottie Nguyen :P :D

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    • Scottie Nguyen

      Ryan, nothing to be sorry about. Mathew is right. All it is now is that it’s specs. AND, Samsung doesn’t have the lens lineup Canon has. So people are still going to eat up the fries. Mathew my point wasn’t that it’s better than Canon, my point was that there is a new boy in town and that boy might be going through puberty now !!! It’s something to watch out for. Ofcourse you should have your doubts against a new and rising star, but my point still remains, there is a new and rising star and if you don’t pay attention, your choosing to stay blind.

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  11. Rieshawn Williams

    I wished the D7100 had that buffer.

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  12. Matthew Saville

    Yes, this is a very exciting camera. Anyone who is not surprised about a totally new, flagship-esque AF system and 10 FPS is drinking some sort of kool-aid that I don’t care to taste.

    In short, what’s not to like? The high ISO quality is probably superior to FF options from just 1-2 generations ago. Every other spec is going to make the camera amazing for what it was designed to do, ACTION.

    The more I look through the refinements to the controls, AF point layout, and overall customizability, the more I’m highly impressed. All that remains to be seen is whether or not this is the sensor that will turn the tide for Canon WRT base ISO dynamic range… Other than that, this camera is already a winner in every way.

    =Matt=

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    • Scottie Nguyen

      Quite a compliment from a Nikon guy :-)

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    • Scottie Nguyen

      Except the Samsung NX1 stole the thunder here. I can’t wait to see the dynamic range of the Samsung and this 7d m2.

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    • John Cavan

      Between Canon and Samsung, I think notice has been served that 10+ frames/second can be done better than 16MP and $6000+ and that’s a big win.

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    • Dave Lyons

      First of all.. i’m glad the canon folks finallllllyyyyyy got something new.

      however, i think its safe to say this isn’t a “new” sensor or they would have been making a huge deal out of it and most ads and reviews skirt the issue & as far as I can tell it’s a version of the 70d’s sensor which would leave it with over 20% less IQ & 2.1 stops less of DR, so its about the same IQ as my 30d from 2007 just more mp’s ugggggg. It’s going to be a good camera for you if you need speed but if I was a canon user I’d sure be worrying at this point about about canon being able to produce a competitive sensor in the next 3-5 years. It’s obvious right now they can’t so they gotta “wow” you with other things.

      I like how all their models have the bright red hair since canon really saturate reds ;)

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